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Professor receives Global Citizen Award

By Costa Maragos Posted: February 10, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Cindy Hanson (r) accepting the Global Citizen Award from Jacqui Wasacase, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, Heather Fox Griffith who nominated Hanson for the award along with Dr. Sharon Wright (not pictured).
Dr. Cindy Hanson (r) accepting the Global Citizen Award from Jacqui Wasacase, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, Heather Fox Griffith who nominated Hanson for the award along with Dr. Sharon Wright (not pictured). Photo courtesy of Jessica Lena Photography.

Dr. Cindy Hanson, Associate Professor in Adult Education at the Faculty of Education, is the recipient of the Global Citizens Award given annually by the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation.

The award recognizes Saskatchewan people who make significant contributions to international development, cooperation, peace and justice. The other recipients of the award are Klaus Gruber, Trudi Gunia and Armella Sontagg.

In announcing the award recipients, the Council said; “Cindy Hanson comes from rural, working class Saskatchewan roots. Inspired by family connections to co-operatives and community involvement, she embraced a lifelong commitment to activism.”

When asked what global citizenship means to her, Hanson said; “ Global citizenship is multi-faceted: taking care of each other, sharing with each other, and being mindful of the natural world. It also means that I have a responsibility to others and to the world around me to be the best activist, mother, educator, and friend I can be, in my work for a just, peaceful and sustainable world.”

In the 1980’s, Hanson was involved in Latin American solidarity work and feminism. Her activism has extended into Indigenous rights (see link below).

Hanson has taught Native Studies, worked at the House of Commons and several women’s organizations. She’s taught at post secondary institutions and contributed to dozens of international development projects, primarily as a gender, training and education advisor.

Her work spans four continents and 20 countries.

At the University of Regina, her funded research includes work on intergenerational learning in Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and South America, gender and labour education.  Her academic and research interests continue to support global learning.

“Dr. Hanson, through her research, teaching and scholarship, lives her commitment to justice and activism,” says Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Recently, Hanson co-authored the book "Weaving Stories Between Generations" with Heather Fox Griffith and Romina Bedogni (doctoral candidates). The work is the result of their research focussing on Mapuche women in Southern Chile.

Hanson was presented with the Global Citizen Award February 9th in Regina. In the past 25 years, more than 100 people and organizations have received the award, including many with connections to the University of Regina. 

To learn more about the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation please visit here.

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Weaving Stories Between Generations. Cindy Hanson's deep friendship with the Mapuche women in Southern Chile. Read about her research here.